Franklinton, Varnado win jamboree games

Published 2:06 pm Tuesday, September 3, 2019

The 2019 Our Lady of Angels Hospital Washington Parish Jamboree at Bogalusa High School featured a pair of close games on Friday and plenty of excitement, as the first week of the LHSAA football regular season almost here.
Franklinton began the evening with a 15-12 victory over Pine before Varnado topped Bogalusa 12-6 to wrap the event up.
Teams played two 15-minute halves.

Franklinton 15, Pine 12
Franklinton defeated Pine, 15-12, in the opening contest in a game that was close throughout.
Each team began the game with long touchdown drives.
The Demons took the opening possession 13 plays, 70 yards and used up 5:26 of the clock. Franklinton tallied when Jasper LaSalle connected with Spencer Lambert for 3 yards to give the Demons the lead. Quaran Warren, who had four carries for 55 yards and a catch for 6 yards on the drive, ran in the two-point conversion to make it 8-0 with 9:34 on the clock.
Pine came back with an 11-play, 62-yard drive of its own. The Raiders scored when Adrianuen Johnson took it in from the 2. The conversion attempt was no good, keeping it 8-6 with 3:59 to go in the first half.
The score stayed that way until late in the second half.
Franklinton went up by two possessions after Warren tallied on a 7-yard run. Keaton Catrett split the uprights on the extra point for a 15-6 contest with 4:01 to go.
“(Pine coach) Bradley (Seal) does a pretty good job of coming up with things that we hadn’t seen and we had to adjust to a few things early on,” Franklinton coach Jonathan Barber said. “I thought we did a pretty good job of that. I thought our kids finally played with some emotion late in the second half and that was what we were kind of lacking that sparked us to come out and get the victory late there.
“We kind of took over after we got the stop defensively, our offense got some momentum, we were able to go down the field and score. So, happy for our kids, but congratulations to them (Pine). Coach Bradley did a great job, had his team ready to play and they’ll have a good season. They’ve got a good football team.”
Johnson brought the Raiders closer on a 2-yard run with 1:01 left. The two-point conversion was no good, but Pine was within three.
Franklinton recovered the onside kick and LaSalle took a knee twice to run out the clock in the 15-12 win.
“We had plenty of chances (to come back), we just had too many penalties,” Pine coach Bradley Seal said. “You can’t win with those penalties. We had a touchdown called back with a penalty. We can’t do that. We’ve gotta get it corrected.”
Seal said he was happy with his defense.
“I was happy with our defense because the first drive, they came down and shoved it down our throat and then we responded well,” Seal said. “We’ve got to continue to get better on pass protection.”
Both teams will begin the regular season on Friday night.
Pine will be at home playing Jewel Sumner, while Franklinton will take to the road to battle against Covington.
Covington won its jamboree game, 27-0, over Salmen while Jewel Sumner fell to St. Thomas Aquinas, 14-0.

Varnado 12, Bogalusa 6
Defense was the name of the game in the second contest of the jamboree, as Varnado scored touchdowns on a pair of big plays in a 12-6 win.
The Wildcats’ Korterrius Mingo intercepted a pass on the game’s first drive.
Varnado started at its 42 and gained 2 yards, but a delay of game penalty moved the ball back to the 39. On second-and-13, Kennis Loper threw a long pass to Trevin Haynes. He made the catch and took it the distance. The two-point conversion was no good, keeping it 6-0 with 11:41 left in the first half.
“We put together a good execution on that drive,” Varnado coach Milton Green said. “It’s just good hard work from my coaching staff, from the players believing and working hard. Being a team sport and counting on their teammates was big in this victory.”
Varnado had a chance to go up by double digits late in the half when the Wildcats’ Kewan Moore blocked a punt that was caught by Everett Peters. The Wildcats took over at Bogalusa’s 16, but the Lumberjacks’ defense was up to the task and kept the game 6-0 at the break.
Bogalusa tied the game early in the second half.
Josh Taylor ran 21 yards to pay dirt. The extra point was blocked, keeping the game tied at 6-6 with 12:09 to go.
Bogalusa nearly took the lead when LaDarrius Spikes returned a punt about 85 yards, but the play was called back. Each team committed a penalty. Bogalusa had a block in the back and Varnado had a facemask.
Bogalusa began at its own 9. On the first play, the snap went past the quarterback and into the end zone. Darrius Harry recovered the loose ball for Varnado for the touchdown with 3:28 left.
Bogalusa had one last chance late, but Harry intercepted a pass with 1:09 left and Varnado knelt the clock out for the win.
Bogalusa coach Adam Brumfield said his team came out sloppy offensively and they had a lack of execution, but noted that these are all things that can be cleaned up.
“I want to congratulate Varnado and their coaching staff for a good hard-fought game. We had some penalties and calls that didn’t go our way that’s questionable, but that’s football,” Brumfield “Luckily, like I told the kids, we’ll get to play them in week five and the jamboree won’t define who our team is — what we do from here on out will.
“I’ve got a good group of kids, and I think they’ll continue to improve. I think some people will see this isn’t the ‘old Bogalusa.’ We’ve cleaned up some things discipline-wise. There are still a few kids that have some stuff to work on. If they can’t clean it up, we’ll have to let them go, but overall, our discipline as a team has improved.”
Brumfield said the special teams made some big plays.
“(We had a big return) called back by penalty. The punt block was kind of on us as a coaching staff,” he said. “We made a screw up and we’ve got to improve too. But defensively, I thought we played a good game and hopefully we can clean up some stuff. I still have confidence in my guys and we’ll show up and play next week.”
These teams begin their regular seasons over the next two days on the road.
Varnado will play Thursday against Thrive Academy while Bogalusa will travel to face Istrouma.
Thrive lost to East Feliciana, 26-0, in its jamboree game while Istrouma defeated Capitol, 29-20.